New Mexico Begins Long Road Stretch at Husky Classic
March 6, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - @ 2013 Husky Softball Classic (hosted by Washington); March 8-10 - Seattle, Wash.
Friday, March 8: Lobos vs. Bradley, 11 a.m. MT | Lobos vs. Seattle, 1:30 p.m. MT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico softball team travels to Seattle, Wash., this weekend for the 2013 Husky Softball Classic, hosted by No. 19/16 Washington.
The Lobos will play four games while in Washington starting with two on Friday, an 11 a.m. MT contest with Bradley (10-9), followed by a 1:30 p.m. MT game with Seattle (8-9).
New Mexico also has one game apiece on Saturday and Sunday. The Lobos play host and 19/16th-ranked Washington (14-5) on Saturday at 8 p.m. MT and finish the weekend with Yale (0-2) at 11 a.m. MT on Sunday.
The tournament is part of an eight-game road trip as UNM will make stops for doubleheaders at No. 8/9 Oregon on March 13 and at No. 23/RV Oregon State on March 14.
"I think the tournament will be a good balance for us," head coach Erica Beach said. "It will be a challenge and a good way for us to start out our spring break trip.
"We played Bradley at our home tournament this year, we played Seattle at Boise State's tournmanet last year and we faced Washington two years ago, so we're familiar with the teams that will be there. What it really boils down to us is taking care of business on our end and making sure we're ready to play every time we step out onto the field. If we come out and play our softball, we should be pretty successful this weekend."
Five of the eight games are against ranked opponents, which Beach says is part of the ongoing process of developing a successful Lobo softball program.
"This is a great challenge," she said. "We scheduled this on purpose so we could challenge this team and if we want to be a contender in post season and in the Mountain West, then these are the teams we have to learn how to beat. This can only make us stronger, no matter the outcomes."
Lobo Softball Notes...
Series history vs. New Mexico
SCOUTING REPORT - HUSKY SOFTBALL CLASSIC
-Seattle is 8-9 heading into the weekend, having gone 1-4 last weekend. The Redhawks earned an 8-2 win over South Dakota State and then dropped three games to UC Santa Barbara and one to the Jackrabbits. Three players bat .341 or better - Allegra Wilde (.341), Isabella Geronimo (.348) and Brittney Lott (.368). Geronimo leads the team in RBIs with 12. In the circle, Richell Ashburn has tossed 53.2 innings and carries a 5-3 record with a 2.87 ERA. Ashburn has allowed 51 hits and 22 earned runs while walking 20 and striking out 40. Mandie Sugita has thrown 27.0 innings and is 1-3 with a 5.44 ERA.
-Host Washington is No. 19 in this week's USAToday/NFCA coaches' poll and is No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate list. They're the fourth nationally-ranked team UNM will face this season. The Huskies are 14-5 and open home play with their Classic. UW has won nine-straight contests, including going 4-0 at the Colorado State Tournament last weekend with wins over Brown, Bradley, Nebraska Omaha and Colorado State. The Huskies host Ohio on March 6. As a team, Washington bats .348 with Hooch Fagaly leading the squad with a .438 average and Victoria Hayward following close with a .435. Fagaly has 21 hits, including four doubles and three home runs while Hayward has 27 hits. Kaitlin Inglesby is the bat to watch out for as she has a team-high 25 RBIs in 19 games. The Husky pitching staff boasts a 1.65 ERA, holding opponents to a .189 batting average. Brynana Walker has the mos appearances with 12. Her record is 8-2 with a 1.53 ERA. In 68.2 innings pitched, she's allowed 48 hits and 15 earned runs while walking just five and striking out 89. Kaitlyn Inglesby has a 5-2 record and a 1.26 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched. She's allowed 20 hits, six earned runs while walking seven and striking out 30.
-Yale opened its season on Tuesday, March 5 with two losses at Central Connecticut State. The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Jen Goodwin and return three All-Ivy performers from last year's squad that finished 12-34. Jennifer Ong was first team All-Ivy and also earned All-Northeast Region honors, while Christy Nelson was second team and Tori Balta was honorable mention. Ong, a second baseman recorded 54 hits and hit .351 last season. Nelson led the team with 22 RBI and recorded 12 doubles while Balta had 11 sacrifice bunts and scored 24 runs.
11-INNING MARATHON WITH SAN DIEGO- The Lobos' March 1 game at San Diego was a test of tenacity. UNM's second game of the day lasted 11 innings, which is the most the program has played in a single contest in recent history -- since May 15, 2010, to be exact -- when UNM dropped a 10-inning, 7-6 decision to San Diego State at home.
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA- The Lobos have gone to extra innings four times this season and twice have emerged victorious. On Feb. 16, the Lobos dropped a 7-2 decision to Hampton while the following day, UNM took a 1-0 win over IPFW -- both in eight innings. The Lobos dropped a 6-5 contest at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in eight innings on Feb. 23, and most recently, defeated USD, 2-1, in 11 innings.
STACKED WITH RANKED OPPONENTS - Coach Erica Beachis a firm believer in challenging her Lobos and this season, she is doing just that as New Mexico's 2013 slate is peppered with nationally-ranked opponents. Three of the Lobos' next six opponents are top-25 teams. UNM faces No. 19/16 Washington on March 9 and then plays a doubleheader at No. 9/8 Oregon on March 13, and a doubleheader at No. 23/RV Oregon State on March 14. In their opening weekend, the Lobos faced then No. 4 Arizona State and then No. 2 Oklahoma. Most recently, UNM played No. 10/12 UCLA.
SAN DIEGO CLASSIC I RECAP- The Lobos opened with wins over Utah State and San Diego before dropping the final three of the weekend to Long Beach State, BYU and No. 10/12 UCLA.
Five Lobos recorded on hit apiece in the Lobos' 4-2 win over Utah State: Mariah Rimmer, Chelsea Anaya, Cassandra Kalapsa, Mia Hignojos and Jordyn Bledsoe. Anaya had two RBI while Rimmer and Hignojos each had one. Senior pitcher Kari Gutierrezearned the win, allowing just four hits and two unearned run while walking three and striking out four in seven innings pitched.
The 11-inning marathon with San Diego resulted in a 2-1 win for the Lobos. The game was scoreless through 10 innings. In the top of the 11th, Rimmer was placed on second base per the international tie breaker rule. A single to third by Ingram added pressure on the Torero defense and a double to right field by Naomi Tellezand a throwing error by the right fielder allowed Rimmer to score. Ingram was thrown out at home, but Tellez used heads-up base running and advanced to third amidst all the action, keeping another runner in scoring position for UNM. Kalapsa brought her in with a single to shortstop on the next at-bat, giving the Lobos an insurance run and making the score 2-0. USD scored one run in the bottom of the 11th, but was unable to bring any others around and the Lobos secured the victory.
Saturday was a tough one for UNM as it dropped a 6-2 decision to Long Beach State in the morning and then lost to former Mountain West rival BYU, 6-1, in the afternoon. The Lobos had three errors that cost five unearned runs in its loss to LBSU, and while the Lobos kicked the error bug and played better defense against BYU, they struggled to find offensive rhythm, recording just two hits, while the Cougars pounded out 11.
Things didn't get much better on Sunday for the Lobos against No. 10/12 UCLA. The Bruins used six hits to score 12 runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to a 14-3 run-rule victory over UNM. Freshman Courtney Geith and redshirt freshman Karissa Haleman each were 2-for-2 against UCLA. Haleman drove in two RBIs while Geith drove in the Lobos' other run. Freshman Lauren Soles got the start and threw five complete innings. In 27 batters faced, she allowed nine hits and five earned runs while walking three and striking out two. Senior Kari Gutierrez made a brief relief appearance in the top of the fourth inning, as did freshman Lisa Rodrigues. The game was tied at one run apiece through two innings and then the Bruins pulled ahead, 2-1, in the third as Ally Carda hit a solo homer. In the fourth, UCLA recorded six hits -- including two doubles and a triple -- and capitalized on a Lobo error and some pitching blunders to score 12 runs. New Mexico tried to find a fit in the circle, putting in Gutierrez and then Rodrigues before re-entering Soles. Of the dozen runs scored in the inning, six were a results of pitching blunders as three runs were walked in, two scored off a hit-by-pitch and another scored as a result of a wild pitch. New Mexico put up a run in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth, but it was too little too late and the game ended, 14-3, after five innings.
STREAK TALK - Junior Chelsea Anaya went on an eight-game hitting streak spanning Feb. 17-March 2. During the streak she recorded at least one hit in every game and an RBI in all but one contest. During the streak, she totaled 12 hits, 12 RBIs and six runs scored. Mariah Rimmerhad a nine-game hitting streak going, as she had recorded at least a hit in every game from Feb. 10-22. The freshman has actually recorded a hit in all but five of the Lobos' 23 games this season.
ANAYALATOR - When Chelsea Anaya steps up to bat, you'll hear all the other Lobos chanting, "Anayalator!" -- and for good reason. The junior second baseman leads the team in RBIs with 18 -- the next most on the team is nine by Mariah Rimmer. In New Mexico's 23 games, Anaya is 14-for-34 with runners on and 11-for-21 with runners in scoring position. With runners on third and less than two outs away, Anaya is 9-for-10 (.900 avg.) She is tied with Rimmer as the leader on the team for extra-base hits with six -- four doubles and two home runs.
RIMMER LEADING LOBOS AND THE MOUNTAIN WEST - A consistent force for UNM has been Mariah Rimmer. The Lobos' freshman center fielder leads the team and is tied for first in the Mountain West for stolen bases with 17. She's recorded a team-high 26 hits, which ranks her second in the MW. Her 20 runs scored is also second (tie) in the league. Her batting average of .359 is a team best.
A `KAITY' OF ALL TRADES - Redshirt senior Kaity Ingramis stepping up as a veteran member of the team and filling in where her team needs here. She's proved to be a real `Kaity' of all trades. Ingram has started all 23 games-- mostly at third base, but also at short stop, in the outfield and as the Lobos' designated player.
RIMMER THE BASE BURGLAR - Freshman Mariah Rimmer is 17-of-19 for stolen bases in UNM's 23 games. She has recorded a stolen base in 14 games and three times has recorded two stolen bases - against Hampton on Feb. 16, against IPFW on Feb. 17 and against Long Beach State on March 2. Her 17 steals is a league-high and surpasses last year's team high of 10 achieved by Jessica Lujan-Dresslarover 52 games. The program record for stolen bases in a single season is 40 set by Jackie Van Hooydonk in 1997. If Rimmer keeps up her pace of stolen bases (.739 game) over the Lobos' 57-game season, she could break the record.
ACTUALLY, RIMMER LEADS A PACK OF BASE BURGLARS - Actually, Rimmer is the ring leader of a whole Lobo pack of base burglars. New Mexico is second in the Mountain West conference in stolen bases with 34. Fresno State leads the league with 39. Rimmer has 17 of the Lobos' 34 while senior Kaity Ingram has five, junior Chelsea Anaya has four, Jordan Sjostrand has two and Cassandra Kalapsa, Nykilah Torres, Courtney Geith, Naomi Tellez, Karissa Haleman and Amber Tracyhave one apiece.
LOBO PITCHING STAFF STANDS OUT STATISTICALLY - The Lobo pitching staff is ranked first for striking batters out while looking (41) and is second in four statistical categories: opponent batting average (.264), Innings pitched (151.1), strikeouts (103) and wins (11). New Mexico is third for hits allowed (138) and tied for third for earned runs (75). Individually, Lauren Soles is second for lowest opponent batting average (.204), tied for fourth for wins (5), tied for fifth for strikeouts while looking (14) and tied for sixth for strikeouts (39). Senior Kaela DeBroeck is third for ERA (1.62), tied for seventh for earned runs (8) and walks allowed (8) and ninth for runs allowed (15). Senior Kari Gutierrez is ninth for hits allowed (25) and she, along with Carrie Sheehan, are in an eight-way tie for fewest home runs given up, with 0.
ANAYA NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Feb. 26) - New Mexico junior second baseman Chelsea Anaya has been named Mountain West Player of the Week for games through February 24. This is the first career MW weekly accolade for Anaya and the second in a row for the Lobos as freshman pitcher Lauren Soleswas honored last week. Anaya led New Mexico to a 4-1 mark last week, including a midweek win over New Mexico State, and victories over Auburn and Kansas at the 2013 Best Western Marina Grand Islander Classic, Feb. 22-24, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Lobo second baseman started all five games and recorded at least one hit and one RBI in every game. For the week, she went 9-for-16 (.562) at the plate, including 5-for-10 with runners on base and 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position. She hit two home runs, led the team with eight RBIs, scored five runs and stole three bases. Her on-base percentage for the five games was .611, while her slugging percentage was .938. Defensively, Anaya recorded nine putouts and nine assists while committing one error. In the Lobos' 10-9 midweek victory over in-state rival New Mexico State, Anaya went 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. She was part of a five-run rally in the third inning that helped the Lobos gain a one-run lead. With two outs in the top of the third inning, UNM loaded the bases and Anaya stepped up to the plate and hit a single to left center to bring in two runs. In tournament action over the weekend, Anaya went 8-for-13 with six RBIs and four runs scored as the Lobos posted a 3-1 mark, adding a win over Southern to the victories against the Tigers and Jayhawks. New Mexico's lone loss of the week was a 6-5, eight-inning decision to tournament host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.